Murudeshwar, the pilgrimage paradise and a scenic holy place, has recently shot into prominence as one of the loveliest spots in Karnataka. The tiny town of Murudeshwar, home to a huge Shiva temple, is also home to a sizable Muslim and Christian population. This is really a secular village and people of this small town live in harmony. The place is sanctified by a piece of the Pranalinga of Mahabaleshwara and has some beautiful carvings and statues. Bounded by the shimmering sea and rolling hills, the place is a favorite picnic spot.
One can enter Murudeshwar from the Bhatkal-Honnavar National Highway through a specially erected big entrance decorated with intricate carvings. Murudeshwar symbolises the past glory of Hinduism. It is centered on the splendid Murudeshwar temple atop a hillock overlooking the Arabian Sea.
Bounded by the shimmering sea and rolling hills, Murudeshwar is the sort of place which makes you contemplate about life and what it means to you.
The sea is an intrinsic part of the temple scape at Murudeshwar. The sea surrounds the temple towering on the small hill called Kanduka Giri on three sides. A huge 15 m statue of Shiva towers over the town and has an overwhelming presence. The statue, which is only a couple of years old, is in a complex, which encompasses the 500-year-old Shiva temple.
One is greeted with the bewitching beauty of the surroundings as one reaches the top of the hillock. The vast stretches of silvery sands with the Sahyadri mountains framed into the background, the coconut trees dancing to the tunes of the billows, rose of boats dancing and drifting towards the shore, the sun looking like a ball of fire just before the sunset and then sinking into the sea - all weave a magic spell and make the viewers forget themselves.
There is also a huge fort behind the temple believed to be renovated by Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore.
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by Akshay Balraj on Apr 29, 2010
Murudeshwara is must see place for all the history buffs and travelers alike! Visit this place to cleanse your soul and fill it up with peace & happiness!
Travel within city
Murudeshwar is coastal town known for its temples and beaches. Travelers can move around the city using some of the local means of transport. Some of them are buses, auto rickshaws and taxis. The nearest airport is at Goa and this is the best option for travelers who are arriving by are. Travelers can take a taxi from Goa to Murudeshwar. The drive is around 220 km and taxis charge around Rs 2500 for the trip.
The nearest railway station is at Hubli which is around 215 km from Murudeshwar and the drive takes around 4 hours. There are many taxis that can be hired from outside the railway station and they are usually reliable and cost around Rs 2200.
Buses in Murudeshwar are frequent and can be hailed of the road. They connect most parts of the town and are cheap. They may be crowded due to the number of pilgrims who visit the area. Tickets are very cheap and cost less than Rs 20 to go around the city.
Auto rickshaws can also be hailed of the road and the prices are negotiable. They are a quick and easy way of getting around the city, and there are no separate night fares. Taxis are available through the local hotels and they have to be booked in advance.
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